Monday, July 28, 2014 Leave a Comment
Finally, the long awaited album Promise Land arrived. The band from Pittsburgh was founded in 1997 as an acoustic duo, but gradually transformed into a symphonic progressive metal band.
After the spherical opening In The Beginning Promise Land continues with the strong instrumental title track Harmony In Ruins. Striking is the layered sound of full riffs, supporting orchestral synthesizers and a whole load of solos. The band has come a long way since the release of their first demo.
We first hear some vocals at the third track. C.I.U. begins fragile with just some piano and vocals until the wall of symphonic sound is unleashed. The song has a nice subtle arrangement.
–“Finally, the long awaited album Promise Land arrived..”
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides as well. Like the orchestral synthesizers that in some cases are a bit dominant in my opinion and both bonus don’t add much to the album. I would have preferred an acoustic version instead of an instrumental version of the Hiding Place. Yet Promise Land should be proud of this release. Harmony In Ruins is a solid album.
Reviewed by: CCM Focus; Sieto Kooijker